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As Tijuana moves migrants to new shelter, the feared humanitarian crisis materializes

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As Tijuana moves migrants to new shelter the feared humanitarian crisis materializes

Tijuana has announced they will be moving the 6000 people who were part of various migrant caravans to a new venue, citing “bad sanitary conditions” in the sports arena they have been using since the caravans arrived.

Officials said they won’t force anyone out of their current venue, but declared they would no longer give free food and medical services at the old venue. New Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is starting to fulfill his promise of addressing the issue locally as well as at the sources of the problem in Central America.

Tijuana closes caravan shelter, moves migrants further from border

https://hotair.com/archives/2018/12/02/tijuana-closes-caravan-shelter-moves-migrants-border/We really should take a moment to give the Mexican government credit here. The new administration under AMLO (the incoming president) seems to be gearing up to keep their promises. Rather than turning a blind eye or even helping migrants to illegally cross the border, they’ve been holding the line and arresting the ones they find breaking the law. When it came time to move the migrant encampment, they moved them further away from the border rather than closer to it. And during one of his most recent speeches, AMLO announced that he was signing an agreement with the leaders of Honduras and Guatemala to help create jobs and increase security in those nations to remove the fundamental drivers of mass migration and these caravans.

Meanwhile, reports are surfacing of extreme medical issues within the caravan, including several cases of highly communicable diseases and life-threatening illnesses such as AIDS.

One-third of migrants in caravan are being treated for health issues, Tijuana health official says

https://www.foxnews.com/world/caravan-migrants-suffer-from-respiratory-infections-tuberculosis-chickenpox-other-health-issues-tijuana-government-saysMigrants who came with the caravan are suffering from respiratory infections, tuberculosis, chickenpox and other serious health issues, Tijuana’s Health Department warned on Thursday morning.

The spokesman told Fox News that out of 6,000 migrants currently residing in the city, over a third of them (2,267) are being treated for health-related issues.

There are three confirmed cases of tuberculosis, four cases of HIV/AIDS and four separate cases of chickenpox, the spokesman said.

My Take

While the situations are very different, this is quickly becoming similar to the conditions that prompted many European nations to accept refugees from the Middle East during the Syrian civil war that fundamentally changed conditions throughout the EU. The scale here is much lower, but it’s also more visible.

Mexico seems to be acting appropriately by trying to mitigate the potential humanitarian crisis that is arising. The United States is rightly focused on preventing illegal border crossings and moving the asylum process forward as quickly as possible, but the numbers may soon be overwhelming for both sides of the border.

One thing we cannot do is keep pointing fingers at the migrants themselves. Are they to blame for their situation? Absolutely. That’s already been established. Now is the time to change course and come up with solutions. The damage is done. We didn’t ask for this problem and many would say it’s still not our problem, but if it’s allowed to continue it’s going to harm our status on the world stage. The UN spin machine pushed by proponents of open borders will use this situation to condemn America.

Better temporary facilities could be erected quickly. By coordinating with the Mexican government, who have claimed to want to help the migrants as best they can, we can prevent the situation from blowing up, ensuring this situation doesn’t turn into a disaster on the world stage.

At this point, Mexico and the United States must work together to do two things: prevent anyone from crossing illegally and reduce the turmoil that could lead to migrant deaths. It’s possible to defend our sovereignty while assisting those in need.

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Tomi Lahren, Jesse Watters discuss securing portions of border where walls are impractical

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Tomi Lahren Jesse Watters discuss securing portions of border where walls are impractical

Anyone who considers the illegal immigration situation as it pertains to our southern border understands how a border wall makes sense in many areas. Some refuse to accept this notion for political reasons, but common sense tells us where there’s a wall, one of three things will happen. Illegal immigrants will either try to breach the wall in some way, decide not to attempt to breach because of the wall, or find areas where there is no wall.

This last idea is the one that border patrol agents expect the most, which is why a heavy majority of them are in favor of building more wall along the border. It will make them more effective at their jobs because it allows them to put more focus on areas where illegal border crossings are more likely to happen. Right now, the lack of a wall in so many areas means they are spread thin. Moreover, it means they are less likely to capture those who aren’t just entering for the sake of being caught and applying for asylum. When there’s less wall, the actual criminals who want to come into the United States are having an easier time because of a lack of a barrier.

Last night, Jesse Watters interviewed Tomi Lahren about her coverage along the Arizona border. She traveled with and interviewed border patrol agents in the area, seeing the environment in which they’re tasked to protect Americans. They noted how things would be easier for them if there was a wall in some places because it would allow them to focus their efforts on smaller areas of land that aren’t covered by a wall.

It’s time for Democrats to stop listening to the political demons in their head and start listening to the experts who understand the problems and solutions along the southern border. If they don’t, they’ll continue to empower the cartels who currently control the border.


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President declares national emergency. Now the craziness begins.

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President declares national emergency Now the craziness begins

As expected, President Trump signed the omnibus to keep the government from a second shutdown. Then, as expected, he declared a national emergency at the southern border to allow his administration to free up funds for the building of a wall at our southern border.

Now, the expectations shift to how Democrats will attack this move. During his announcement of the national emergency, the President noted he’s aware of how the process is going to go: lawsuits, appeals, more lawsuits, more appeals… and eventually it will be decided by the Supreme Court.

Reactions on social media were mixed.

My Take

From here, it goes insane. It should be noted the President made what many are considering a mistake when he said he “didn’t have to” declare an emergency but wanted the wall built faster. That seems like grounds to attack the declaration itself.

 


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Losers all around: Untangling the border bill that benefits literally zero Americans

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Losers all around Untangling the border bill that benefits literally zero Americans

The Senate and House just put a bill on the President’s desk that he intends to sign. This bill will keep the government funded for most of the year and has many components worth discussing within its 1200 pages. For this discussion, let’s look specifically at the border security components because there seems to be losers across the board without a single winner in sight… at least not from this country.

First, let’s look at the two parties.

Democrats lose the political clout that would have come from a bipartisan agreement to fund the border wall. While most on the left see it as a win that they were able to put together a bill that snuck in so many atrocious immigration loopholes (which we’ll cover below), those loopholes will be used to demonstrate how bad their border policy really is.

But it would all be worth it to them if the wall never got built, at least politically speaking for 2020. The wall is President Trump’s post-midterm achievement if he can get a good chunk of it built, so stopping him from doing so would have been a win. There’s still a chance it can be a win for the Democrats if the White House doesn’t play their cards right. The national emergency declaration may or may not get the wall started before the election, so they’ll need to invoke 10 U.S.C. 284 to get it going sooner rather than later.

Of course, the biggest loss for Democrats is their own policies. It may not have the immediate negative impact necessary to affect them in 2020, but it will have a negative impact nonetheless. As drug cartels and criminal illegal immigrants benefit from the insane policies they put in the bill, the only defense the Democrats will have is that a majority of Republicans backed it as well.

Republicans lose because this deal demonstrates their weakness. They were too weak to fight the border wall battle when they had control of the House, Senate, and White House simultaneously. There’s no reason to expect them to have grown a backbone since the midterms, and this bill proves they did not.

They folded on the border wall dollars. They folded on the restrictions placed on the border wall itself. They folded on the number of beds set aside for detained illegal immigrants. They folded on the allowance of what can only be construed as amnesty for future illegal border crossing unaccompanied minor sponsors (it’s a mouthful, but we’ll get into those protections a bit later).

In short, they folded on nearly everything and put the President in a position where his only viable option was to declare the national emergency. Sadly, it means the GOP not only accomplished nothing since the shutdown began, but also demonstrated the shutdown could have easily been avoided by simply caving then instead of waiting two months to cave.

Now, let’s look at everyone other than the parties themselves.

President Trump loses because this deal makes the shutdown look meaningless. It also exposes him to the wrath of conservatives who are both unhappy with the deal itself and infuriated by the massive overreach the national emergency declaration represents.

The only possible way for him to make it out of this mess with chances still intact for a reelection win are if three very specific things happen:

  1. He has to get a good chunk of the wall built before the election.
  2. Crime and illegal immigration numbers must go down before the election.
  3. Somehow, the negative components of this deal cannot come back to haunt him, though that seems unlikely at this point because the negatives are so numerous and utterly horrendous.

But the worst loss of all for the President is that it will be very hard for him to spin the use of a national emergency and creative appropriations to build a wall when he said literally hundreds of times that Mexico was going to pay for it. Yes, this catchy line helped him win the primaries and possibly even the general election, but it’s turning into such an inaccurate campaign promise that it can’t even be called a broken promise anymore. At this point, it appears to be a bald-faced campaign lie.

Most of all, the American people lose, This will be demonstrated on so many levels over the next couple of years that it will be hard to keep track of every instance that this bill makes us less safe, wastes our money, steals from our prosperity potential, and undercuts our sovereignty.

I’ll let Twitter explain this even further:

And the winner is…

Drug cartels, criminal illegal immigrants, and anyone willing and able to take advantage of Washington DC’s stupidity are the only winners from the border omnibus deal. National emergency declarations cannot take away from how bad this is. In fact, it may make it worse.

 


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